Español III: Course Description + Policies

Spanish III: What to Expect
Señora Kelly
mkelly@rtmsd.org
2019-2020

 

¡Este año va a ser fenomenal!

 

Spanish III is a year-long course in intermediate Spanish.  The content is a continuation of material covered in Spanish II. In Spanish III, students will continue to build vocabulary and knowledge of increasingly advanced grammar concepts.  Through practical application, students will develop language skills in all four competencies: speaking, reading, writing, and listening.  Students will also be expected to demonstrate growth in all four language competencies. Students will continue to learn the culture and customs of Spanish-speaking populations around the world. Students will be assessed throughout the year with quizzes, tests, a midterm exam and a final exam.  These assessments include speaking, listening, and essay components.

 

Required Materials

  • Fully charged Chromebook, every day
  • One notebook or binder section dedicated to Spanish for your personal note-taking – this must come to class with you every day
  • Binder section or folder to keep handouts + graded work
  • Pen / pencil

 

Grading

Student averages for the class are determined on a basis of ‘all total points.’  Tests and quizzes are given a higher point value and, as such, have a greater impact on students’ overall average for the class.  All assignments will be categorized in the gradebook as one of the following:

  • Classwork – a variety of assignment types that are completed during class
  • Homework – assigned several times per week
  • Projects – assigned periodically and may replace chapter tests occasionally
  • Quizzes – short assessments throughout a given chapter
  • Tests – end-of-chapter assessments with a higher point value than quizzes

 

A mid-term exam and a final exam will be given and each of these count for 10% of each student’s final grade for the course. 

 

Classroom Policies

  • Absence – If you miss a day of class, you are responsible for missed material.  You will need to do the following:
    1. Check Schoology for any assignments or important announcements
    2. Go to the Spanish III folder in the crate labeled MISSED A DAY?, find the folder that corresponds to the day you missed and take a copy of any handouts.
    3. Check in with a trusted classmate to see if you missed any note-taking, and copy down any notes you missed.
    4. If you missed a test or quiz, a copy will be placed in the testing center for you to complete within 5 instructional days during your lunch period, study hall, or other free time. If the test has a listening component, you will need to make arrangements with me to stay after school one day to complete that portion.

 

  • Incomplete / Late Homework – Incomplete assignments are not accepted. Late assignments are accepted if a student has been absent from class

 

  • Food + Drink – Please refrain from eating during class unless we are doing an activity which involves food.  Feel free to bring water, but be careful about placing bottles on the floor in spaces where people will be walking. Be mindful about empty containers; all students are expected to pick up after themselves.

 

  • Mobile Phones – Once the bell rings to begin class, all phones must be silent + invisible. If you are observed using your phone during class time you will be asked to put it away.  If you are observed a second time using your phone, you will place it in a box at the front of the classroom until the bell rings to end the period. If your phone becomes an obstacle to your progress in Spanish, I will notify your parent or guardian of the issue.  

 

Tips for Success

  • Speak Spanish as often as possible! Make a habit of using as much Spanish as you can each day, especially during class time. 
  • Set realistic expectations for yourself. No one learns a new language overnight!
  • Homework is your chance to practice what you’ve learned in class. Be sure to complete it consistently and give it your best effort!
  • Make your own flash cards for vocabulary – English on one side, Spanish on the other – and study them any time you have 5-10 free minutes. Carry them with you or put them on your nightstand to flip through before bed. This small extra effort goes a long way in reinforcing your vocabulary, which makes you a better Spanish-speaker!
  • If you are struggling, please reach out to me. I am available after school on most days, and peer tutoring is also an option.